Here Comes the Holidays!

Here Comes the Holidays…

“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” Ecclesiastes 3:4

The Holiday Season is now upon us and with it comes various preparations, traditions, routines, programs, traveling, card sending, letter writing, shopping, purchases, wrappings, decorating, cooking and baking, gatherings and feastings, giving and receiving, clean up and pick up, returns, and exhaustion…Ahh…a time to laugh and a time to weep…:)

The Holidays bring into our lives times of laughter, excitement, and merriment…But, they can also remind us of the more lonely and sadder times within our lives…Not everyone gets to travel. Not every family gathers to feast. Not everyone has the time, health, nor money to shop until they drop. Not every family can purchase and decorate a tree…And, some children may not find that special gift on Christmas morn…And, many families each year are separated by the winds and distant miles of “service unto our country.” And, some are even sadly reflecting upon the recent loss of a loved one…A time to mourn.

Thus, we enter into a season that requires the need for “balance.” We must be careful to “balance” our lives, our purses, our taste buds, our emotions, and our energies during the upcoming days and weeks ahead…

As a child, I could not wait until the holidays to get to spend time at my grandparents’ homes with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins…To me, that is one of the more valued reasons of the holiday season as well as being thankful and grateful for all that God has provided and done in our lives…But, even I had to accept that our family could not always “gather” as it once had…We live in a different time and mindset than we did back in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s when gathering together with the family had more meaning and opportunities…Today, emails, texts, and Facebook have taken over traditional gatherings around the table or sitting in front of the fireplace with loved ones…But, don’t get me wrong…I’m very thankful to be able to see pictures and hear from family members whom I cannot be with in person…So, I, too, must be careful to keep my own emotions in check and in balance…Keeping focused on the truer and real meaning of the Holidays…A Time to slow down, stop, reflect, and be Thankful to our Creator for all of our Blessings

This Holiday Season I wish everyone a time of “balance” as they carry out and conduct their own traditions and customs…But, most importantly, I wish everyone “JESUS” into their hearts and lives. For Jesus is the Reason for the Season…. Christmas is ALL about JESUS; a time to celebrate the greatest birth on Earth; the greatest display of God’s Love towards sinful man…

This season, let’s not allow “all” the others activities and wishes in our lives to rob us of the true meaning of the Season…A time to reflect upon Elohim God, Mighty Owner of Earth; Jehovah God the Great I Am; Emmanuel God being interpreted, “God is With Us…” And, if God be for us, who can be against us.” Now, that’s something to truly celebrate!! A time to dance…
Amen…

For me, the Holidays and “EVERYDAY” are a summary of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that HE gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting Life, for God sent not His son into the world to condemn it, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Hallelujah, Amen! Thank you Jesus for this Holiday Season…For Without You where would I be?….

And, on that note…Happy Forthcoming Holiday Season!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

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Are You Happy?

Are You Happy?

What makes you Happy? Think about it. What really makes you Happy? A new car? A new wardrobe? A new friend? Perhaps, a trip out of town? When you think about it there are all kinds of possibilities to “make” us happy. But, with these types of things the “new” usually wears off with time and you are left searching for another “fix” to make you happy.

But, what if you found a way to keep “happiness” within you at all times; no matter the situation, circumstance, or matter? God tells us that there is a way. God teaches us to, “Seek ye FIRST the Kingdom of Heaven and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33 KJV). It is sad how some people simply refuse to accept and apply this most promising Biblical Truth into their lives. Decade after decade passes and they still run after superficial, shallow, external, and trivial objects to make temporary “fixes” of happiness into their lives. It’s like watching a dog chase his own tail…They just keep running around and around without accomplishing what they are running after. But, I have found that there is nothing more satisfying or brings more happiness in life than Seeking and Serving God’s own Son, Jesus Christ.

For me, there’s nothing more fulfilling than sitting on a church pew hearing the Words of God proclaimed and preached from the pulpit. There’s nothing more soothing than singing in sweet harmony the Songs of Zion. There’s nothing more exciting and rewarding than seeing a lost soul surrender his or her life to the Lord. And, what’s so wonderful about this type of happiness? It never fades! And, I don’t have to wait for a new, improved, or updated version…God is the Same, Yesterday, Today, and Forever…His JOYS are never ending and never ceasing and need not be improved upon…When I trust in Jesus I have the real deal forever and forever. (Hebrews 13:8).

Maybe, you are one who attends church on occasion or when the opportunity presents itself. That’s good; but what is better is when you attend church regularly and faithfully (as your physical health allows) and grow in the Lord with other brothers and sisters in Christ. Making your foundation solid, sure, and steady in the Lord promotes God’s Spirit of Joy and Happiness within your heart that even flows over to those around you. Because my husband is a retired Pastor, I have been at the bedside of one who is about to die. I have witnessed both peace and fear in the eyes of the one dying as well as in the eyes of their loved ones and friends. Not once have I ever heard a dying person say, “Oh, I wish I had one more new car.” Or, “I wish I had one more new dress.” Or, “I wish I had taken one more trip.” But, I have heard them say, “Oh, how I wish I had served my Lord better.” That should be the longing of every Christian’s heart…To serve the Lord better.

I believe we discover real, lasting, and satisfying happiness when we seek to Serve our Lord better each and every day; for in doing so we learn that GOD himself brings into our lives those things that HE knows bring about godly happiness. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. And, all these things shall be added unto you. Amen…Are you happy today?

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author

Taking Things for Granted…

Takeing Things for Granted…

Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away (James 4:14 KJV)

It’s funny how life’s unexpected happenings, such as a valued broken bowl, can cause you to ponder life’s deeper meaning. Today, as I was dusting furniture, I accidentally dropped a glass bowl that I valued very much. Of course, it made me sick. If something just has to drop and break, why can’t it be something inexpensive from the Dollar Tree! It seems that those items last forever, while things you cherish the most can often break so easily! I know I have picked up that particular glass bowl a million times over the years, but I won’t be picking it up for a million and one! Then, it occurred to me that we toss away things in our lives every day that do NOT hold value to us…Our land fields are filled with discarded trash and broken items we no longer need or require in our lives…

But, not so true for those things that we do cherish. We want to hang on to them and take good care of them. The same is true with family members and friendships we have in our lives…We don’t like to let them go; even when they are broken…And, if they do get broken, we tend to do all we can to mend the breaks! Just like I should have taken more caution and time picking up my valued glass bowl, we all need to make sure that we take more caution, more time, and more effort in showing and sharing our love with those we value the most in our lives.

I suppose after all these years, I simply took my glass bowl for granted and picked it up too quickly without getting a firmer grip on it. And, in a blink of an eye, it was gone…Sadly; we can take people in our lives for granted just the same way. The glass bowl was actually just “stuff.” Stuff comes and goes in our lives all the time. But, family and cherished friendships are more important than “stuff!” Today, there may be someone in your life who you have been meaning to call or visit. I encourage you to stop what you are doing and make preparations for that call or visit, because just as quickly as that glass bowl slipped out of my hand and shattered all over my living room floor, life can be taken away from us in a blink of the eye. For, what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth and then it is gone Amen.

Remember, God Loves You! (And, Praise be unto God, we are never just “stuff” to Him!)
Lin T Rollins, Author

There Should Be a Cost

There Should Be a Cost

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matthew 16:24 KJV)

I had an amazing revelation tonight while studying about being a “follower of Jesus Christ.” Being a true follower of Christ will “cost” you something in your life, and usually the “cost” will be ongoing; not just a one-time ordeal…Truly “following” Jesus can cost you personal time, finances, certain freedoms, friendships, family ties, set-backs, judgments, and even Peace with others who do not value or understand your commitments. I know…I can truly testify that “following Jesus” has cost me certain things in this life…

1. Personal Time: Following Jesus costs a person “personal time.” No longer are you the CEO of your daily schedule. Your time belongs to God to be used as He directs. This is NOT popular since most people feel that after working all day or night, depending upon your work schedule, driving in traffic both to and from work, taking care of practical daily eating needs, personal hygiene, and countless numbers of household chores and errands, what “time” is left for God? This is why the Bible talks about “slotfullness.” A truly “slothful” (unorganized, undisciplined, even lazy) person cannot be a true “follower of Jesus.” Why not? Because they simply don’t know how to “discipline” themselves to SURRENDER and ALLOW God to organize their daily schedule of events. Believe me, having raised three daughters while working a fulltime job, attending college, and carrying out the duties and responsibilities of being a Pastor’s wife, pianist, and Sunday school teacher, my life would have run amuck had GOD not been my “time-keeper.” Yet, God did not send down “angels” to do all the work load, I had to be “willing” to surrender a lot of things that my “flesh” would have lavished in; if given opportunity…Many times, I had to also be the “bad guy” in the family not allowing my children to lavish in their fun and more pleasurable times…I’m pretty sure they’ll tell you that my role as a mother resembled a Marine drill Sargent at times, but I can truly say that as adults they know how to work!! So, “following Jesus” costs you Personal Time…

2. Finances: Following Jesus costs personal “finances.” Laying aside for a moment the teachings of the Bible regarding tithes and offerings, let’s just talk about money for gasoline to drive back and forth to church and other church-related functions. Added clothing for special events. The purchase of Bibles and other religious books and materials. Paper, tablets, or notebooks for prayer journals. Cards and postage to mail a variety of cards to those in need…All contributing to the “cost” of truly “following Jesus” in addition to tithes and offerings.

3. Certain Freedoms: Face it; when you are a true “follower of Jesus” you simply can’t behave like or “do” what everyone else is doing! You are called to a “higher” standard. A higher sense of value and moral character…Your life is no longer your own. It’s been purchased by the “Shed Blood of Jesus Christ.” You represent His kingdom and HIS values and standards…That will “cost” you something, indeed! People will “watch” your life more closely and inspect your outgoing and incomings…Everything you say or do will reflect upon your personal relationship with Christ…from the way you present yourself in dress to the way you clean out or don’t clean out your garage! People notice…And, in reality they are supposed to notice!” That is your “purpose in Christ” to live differently than the world; or why else have two different types of people; lost or saved?!

4. Friendships: We ALL want to be liked and have friends. Friends enrich our lives. We enjoy being liked and being a part of a group of friends…Until, our friends decide that our “dedication” and “commitment” to Christ infringes upon “their” lives and freedoms! They, perhaps, don’t want “what we’ve got!” So, either one or two things will happen…Your friendship and association will eventually decline or one of you will eventually follow the other…either towards Christ; or away from Christ…Compromise is never a pretty thing in the lives of those who “follow Christ.” It will “cost” you something.

5. Family Ties: This one is tough. I remember having to explain to my grandmother that I simply could NOT attend family gatherings anymore on Sundays after my husband started in the ministry. Since Sundays were the only time the majority of the family could gather in one place at the same time, I had to miss out on those family gatherings. At first, my family didn’t fully understand it. And, I’m sure that my name was brought up a time or two at those gatherings for not being able to attend, but after years of seeing my family in “service” on Sundays, they accepted and “valued” our commitment. Now, thirty-five years later, I would say that my grandmother’s family and I are as close, if not closer, than ever…Even though my grandmother has gone on to be with the Lord…Following Christ will “cost” you something.

6. Set-backs: Whew! I could be on this topic all night. I have seen my share of “set-backs.” As a young pastor’s wife, before I entered into the teaching profession, I worked as a secretary for one of the doctors in our town. I truly enjoyed my duties and time spent there, but I was eventually “asked” to resign my position because I simply did not “fit in” with the other staff. Why? Because I guarded my testimony and relationship with the Lord and did not wish to compromise on certain invitations to “party” with the girls after hours. I was heart-broken when I was asked to voluntarily “leave.” I thought my world had ended in many ways and I wasn’t sure what we were going to do financially. But, GOD came on the scene and opened doors that only HE could have opened. I was offered a job with the school system that would eventually lead to my returning to college for my teaching degree in middle school education…Thank God for that “set back” in life that was a catalyst in disguise! Following Jesus will “cost” you something!

7. Judgements and Peace: Following Christ will cause you to be “judged” and at “odds” with many of the people and family members that you share your life with. You say, “But, I thought “Christians” were peaceable people.” Yes, we are to live our lives at “peace” as much as possible, but not to the tune of “compromising” “Thus saith the Lord.” It’s scary to “put it all on the line” for Christ…I mean you are not guaranteed a pleasant earthly outcome…Chances are you will “suffer” from your sacrifices. But, it’s your choice to truly “follow” Christ or follow him from a distance…

Sadly, too many people who say they are Christians choose to “follow Christ at a distance.” Which is actually NOT following HIM at all…The price for our Salvation cost Christ everything…And, HE was willing and obedient to pay the price…If you are “following” Christ and NOT paying a price, then you may be following Him from a distance; which is, like I stated earlier, NOT following HIM at all…Like my husband used to say, “Being a Christian is NOT a walk in the park, it’s a journey on the battlefield.” But, let us not forget that our reward for any and all costs that we pay here on Earth cannot compare to what Christ Jesus has in store for his “followers” when we gather on the other side! Oh, the JOY of Following Christ…There Should be a Cost…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

I Will Never Leave Thee

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  (Hebrews 13:5 KJV)

Have you ever had anyone in your life who could really promise you without a doubt that he or she “will never leave you?”  Even though countless numbers of people vow to each other everyday in matrimonial services to never leave or forsake one another until death do part, it doesn’t always happen that way…Sadly, far too many times one partner or the other will be forsaken and left behind.

Often, we feel forsaken in the death of a spouse, loved one, or best friend.  Then, there are those who come into our lives only to leave us way too soon for one reason or another…Without a doubt mankind will forsake mankind.  We simply cannot “promise” to not forsake one another…Somethings are just not within our own power of being…

But, God can make Promises that HE can keep!  When God tells us that He will never leave us nor forsake us, we can be assured that His promise is unbreakable from any and all reasons!  As the old saying goes, “We can take God’s promises to the bank!” God cannot leave us in death because God can never die!  God will not forsake us to chase after other people whom He likes better…God’s Love for us never changes!  God NEVER loses his own for any reason!  God is the ONLY person who can and will NEVER leave us!

Often, we are forsaken by our own parents at birth to be given away in adoption.  There are many reasons for adoption; some good and some not so good…But, through adoption a child has the opportunity to LIVE and not be aborted!  Those mothers who choose to abort their babies are definitely “forsaking” their children!  But, even an aborted baby is NOT forsaken by God.  For their little precious souls are gently taken to Heaven to live with God for all eternity…God does not forsake life…EVER!

We need to learn to be more contented in our daily lives realizing that no matter our situation or circumstances the GOD of ALL creation will NEVER leave nor forsake us.  He sees every tear we shed.  He hears our pleas.  He watches our every step…He is as close as our heart….We are NOT alone…

Today, you may be suffering from the pains of being forsaken by someone you loved very dearly.  You may be brokenhearted in the passing of a loved one or close friend.  You may feel all alone and deserted….These times hurt deeply within our hearts and soul.  But, you can rest assured of this eternal promise…GOD will NEVER leave nor forsake you no matter your condition or situation.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE!  GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES!  PRAISE GOD FOR HIS TOTAL COMMITTMENT TO OUR LIVES!

Let our hearts rejoice in the ever presence of our LORD who loves us unconditionally and will NEVER leave nor forsake us!  Amen.

Remember, God Loves you! (ALWAYS!)

Lin T Rollins, Author

To Forgive is Divine

To Forgive is Divine

 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him,
so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:5)

An old proverbial adage says, “To err is human, but to forgive is divine.”  There is a lot of Biblical truth contained in that saying.  First, it is human to err, to choose wrong, to make a mistake, to fall short of a goal, and to sin.  Second, it is divine to “forgive.”

There is a great lesson in “forgiving” someone who has harmed, mistreated, hurt, or disappointed you.  God doesn’t tell us to “forgive” just for the sake of “forgiving.”  He tells us to forgive for the sake of NOT hurting ourselves anymore than we have already been hurt.  Let me explain.  I feel that the main reason it is hard, if not nearly impossible at times, to forgive someone who has done you (us) wrong is because we feel it “devalues” our feelings and self-worth.  I, too, had to learn that forgiving others doesn’t mean what they did to me or to someone I love was right or justified…Forgiving was my determination to follow the will of God for my life and to allow HIM to become the supreme “judge” in all matters.  It’s a matter of Trust and Faith.

“Forgiveness” is demonstrating to God and to others that you have put your total and complete Faith and Trust in God.  Then, after we have “forgiven,” the Bible tells us to be “reconciled” unto the person whom we have forgiven.  Don’t kid yourself, no one can be “reconciled” when they have not yet forgiven.  And, when a person cannot be “reconciled” because they have not forgiven, they are “regarding iniquities” within their own heart…Thus, the real “heart of the matter” is revealed to God and to others…(God sees the heart!)

An unforgiving, un-reconciled person is harboring sin within their heart and life.  In God’s eyes, the “unforgiving,” “un-reconciled” person can possess a more bitter sin than the person who first offended.  All “un-forgiveness” and the refusal to be reconciled leads to a strong root of bitterness that will eventually destroy a person’s life.

No matter of good deeds, hard work, prayer, or attempts to “hide” un-forgiveness will prevent bitterness from taking root within an “unforgiving,” “un-reconciled” person’s life…It is a Spiritual Law.  Bitterness can lead to all matters of sickness and stress within a person’s life. You can hear bitterness in a person’s tone and see it on their face…They may think they are hiding it, but bitterness creeps up on a person’s life much like wrinkles! One day they are not there and the next day they are!

The “unforgiving” person will eventually defeat their own cause.  The unwillingness to forgive and to be reconciled in God’s love unto the one who offended will be the Achilles heel in which their life will eventually fall apart.  I have seen it happen too many times.  Oh, I never want a root of bitterness silently growing within and choking out every good deed I have ever done in the Name of the Lord.  I pray to always possess a Spirit of forgiveness, reconciliation, and obedience unto my Lord and Maker.

There are no exceptions in God’s Spiritual Law of Forgiveness and Reconciliation.  God sent his only begotten Son for the “forgiveness of our sins” and to be “reconciled” back to God.  If this is the very basis of Salvation, then why would God allow his own Son, Jesus Christ, to be so badly beaten and wounded for the “forgiveness” of our sins but allow us to prosper in our own “un-forgiveness” of others??  It just won’t happen.

Through the obedience of God’s Word, many people have forgiven horrible, terrible, and harsh acts of violence at the hands of others.  There are women out there who have forgiven sin-sick fathers who physically molested them as young daughters. Adult men and women who have forgiven fathers or mothers who beat them, verbally abused them, and did not provide for their needs.  Wives who have forgiven husbands who cheated on them, beat them, verbally, mentally, and emotionally abused them. Sisters who have forgiven older brothers or sisters who tormented and abused them. Brothers who have forgiven older brothers or sisters who beat or molested them. Sons and daughters who have forgiven mothers and fathers who abandoned them, left them, gave them up.  Nieces forgiving aunts.  Nephews forgiving uncles.  Cousins forgiving cousins. Parents who have forgiven sons and daughters for abuse, disrespect, disobedience, shameful and disgraceful behaviors. Even those who have forgiven those who murdered, killed, or raped a loved one.  The practice of “forgiveness” covers a multitude of sins…

God doesn’t just tell us to “forgive” the things that don’t matter to us…He tells us to “forgive” others regarding the things in this life that do matter the most to us…

My parents were non-church goers when I was younger and growing up. They did not get involved in church until after I was married. It took me a long time to get over that fact and to forgive them for not caring about my soul or teaching me about God’s ways. But, they were blinded in their ways, and I had to learn that… But, with God’s help and my wanting to be obedient to God’s word..I learned to forgive them and be reconciled unto both of my parents.

I also learned that not being exposed to “church-life” as a child had its advantages in some ways.  When I became a pastor’s wife, I could relate to the stories of many newly converted Christians.  I understood their background and their need for the Lord.  My husband, having grown up in a church-going family, could not always understand the harshness that many people endured before coming to Christ.  God always has a purpose and a plan for our lives.  But, we must first surrender to His will in ALL things.

Sadly, if I had refused to forgive my parents for “disappointing” me or “letting me down” in some way by not taking me to church, I would have never fully known the wonderous Grace of God…And, I would have been harboring an even greater sin within my own heart…”Unforgiveness” is a sin in God’s eyes…And, one that can bring about great harm and hurt into our own lives.

My friend, there may be someone out there today that disappointed you, hurt your feelings, didn’t behave the way that you felt they should have behaved, or even brought about great harm into your life…I ask you to Give it to Jesus.  Ask God to forgive “them” of their wrongdoings to you.  Ask God to forgive you for not forgiving them.  Ask God to not allow a root of bitterness to spring forth in your own life.  Ask God to work things out the way He sees fit; not the way you think it should go.

Be reconciled to the best of you ability to the one(s) that hurt you.  Then, leave the results in God’s hands.  If, after you have forgiven the one(s) who hurt you, and asked God to forgive them as well, and you have made every attempt to be reconciled back to that person and they “refuse” to be reconciled….then, walk away…You have done all you can do…You are freed from the root of bitterness in your own life and you are now walking according to God’s command.  By forgiving and showing effort to be reconciled, you have made peace with yourself and with God…The rest is in His hand.  And, I pray that you will see God’s Fruit of the Spirit upon your own life…Amen.

May you find peace today in forgiveness and being reconciled first unto God and then unto those who have hurt you.  May you feel the JOY of God’s own forgiveness sweeping over your soul as you sing from the heart, “It is well with my soul.”  After all, it is your soul and only your soul that determines your relationship with God…Not someone else’s actions, but your own…Today, is your soul really and truly  well with God?

Remember, God Loves You,

Lin T Rollins, Author

@copyright by Lin T Rollins, Nov. 2012

Adversity/Conflict

Adversity/Conflict

6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. (I Corinthians 12:6 KJV)

I sometimes stand in absolute amazement (not in a good way) at all of the adversity and conflict that exists among God’s people; good believing people.  Don’t get me wrong. There are absolute truths in God’s word that cannot, should not, and  must not be left to man’s own interpretion…God said it…That settles it…I’m not talking about that type of adversity/conflict…At least, on that one principle all Bible-believing Christians should stand united…God said it…That settles it.

But, what about the many diversities (differences of opinion and natures) of mankind?…Unfortunately, like many others, I have experienced and seen insurmountable amounts of adversity/conflict in my own life from differences of opinions and different biological make-ups of individuals. As a child, I witnessed my paternal grandfather and step-grandmother have major upheavals. I think the entire family lost count of the number of times they separated, divorced, and remarried before my grandfather died at 67 years old.  Sadly, my maternal grandparents also had major differences of opinions.  Actually, when you think about it what married couple doesn’t have adversity/conflicts to deal with and handle; some more than others? What family? What Company? What Nation?  What Race?  We all do…(Adversities and Diversities…of operations…)

Oh, how I wish we could all get alone with peace, kindness, and compassionate acts of love. But, we are too much like snowflakes…we are all different with many diversities within and without…I wonder sometimes how God has so patiently handled and put up with all of the adversities and conflicts He has witnessed since the creation of mankind…It has to be overbearing, overwhelming, and something that we, as humans, can never grasp or fully understand.  But, God is NOT human man…He is Superior…What is overbearing, overwhelming, and too big to grasp for mankind is well within His reach!  God sits on the Throne…He is NOT troubled one bit…That’s why He is God who worketh “all” in “all.”

Yet; while we were “yet” sinners God gave his son, Jesus Christ to die for us.  That is probably one of the most profound Biblical truths found in the Bible…Christ did not die for us because we were or ever will be totally good, pleasant, agreeable, easy-going, kind, or lovely…He died for us because we were sinning sinners filled with sinful thoughts and sinful ways…Because of who He is…is why we can sing, “Amazing Grace…” “Great is Thy Faithfulness…” and  “Praise be unto Thy name…”  Let’s face it, no ordinary “human” would sacrifice with such great love and acceptance…No one…Not one…None…Only Christ Jesus…

We live in a fallen world filled with fallen people struggling to make sense of it all…We want goodness; but badness sneaks right into our hearts and minds.  We want peace; yet war and strife fill our lives.  We want to do good; but bad just seems to come naturally…For by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world

Is there a solution?  Is there an answer?  “Yep;” as we often say in the South…There is an answer…We can fully Trust in the grace and mercy of Christ Jesus, put our faith in His righteousness, dust the dirt off of our knees, hands, and faces…and walk in the newness of life…A new, faith-filled day-to-day walk that includes falling down many times along the way…But, knowing, by faith, that when we give up…God holds on…When we want to throw in the towel..God brings us a canopy…When we feel defeated…God reminds us of Calvary…When we cry…God wipes away the tears…

Adversity/Conflict…I think they will always be with us in one way or another until we die or the Lord returns…But, how we handle adversity and conflict should be one major goal of the Christian life.  Do we let it take us farther away from God’s truths or move us closer?  God is wanting to build a one-on-one relationship with us so that when we face adversities we may know for certain that God remains and will always remain by our side…No matter the outcome…

In this life, I may be hated, not loved, misunderstood, despised, betrayed, and rejected by friends, family, peers, and loved-ones…Yet, it will NOT separate me from the Love of God….because God died for me while I was yet a sinner; not someone who was, is, or ever will be perfect…  It is the same God that worketh in us all…How? in diversities of operation!  We all simply act, think, and behave somewhat differently…no two are alike…Even in the Body of Christ…We are different and should accept those differences to help make us stronger and actually more united!

Today, you may be facing adversity/conflict like we all do…It hurts, deeply hurts, there’s no doubt about it…But, while chosing to face it with Faith is a challenge, it is also worth the choice…and the outcome…For in doing so, we are moving closer to God; not farther away…Amen…May you move closer to God today!